The fixtures for the 2008/09 BBL Championship season have been announced, along with the draw for the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy groups.
The new campaign opens with a bang as the reigning league champions, the Newcastle Eagles, host the BBL Championship Playoff and Trophy double winners, the Guildford Heat, at the MetroRadio Arena on Friday 26th September.
The opening night also sees the Marshall MK Lions – BBL Cup winners and losing finalists in the playoffs – host the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets, whilst the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks welcome the Sheffield Sharks.
The following night brings a tough start to life in the top flight for the Worthing Thunder, as they host South- Coast rivals the Plymouth Raiders on Saturday 27th September; the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and PAWS London Capital also raise the curtain on their respective seasons in the East Midlands.
The first weekend of the new season concludes with the Capital hosting the Lions and the Jets welcoming the Worcester Wolves, from whom they recently snatched point guard Chuck Evans, on Sunday 28th September.
FIXTURE LIST 2008/2009 SEASON
Fri 26 Sep 2008 7:30pm CH (H) Guildford Heat
Sat 4 Oct 2008 7:00pm CH (A) Worthing Thunder
Fri 10 Oct 2008 7:30pm CH (A) Milton Keynes Lions
Sun 19 Oct 2008 4:00pm CH (A) Plymouth Raiders
Fri 24 Oct 2008 7:30pm CH (H) Sheffield Sharks
Sat 25 Oct 2008 7:00pm CH (A) Worcester Wolves
Fri 31 Oct 2008 7:30pm CUP (H) (Cheshire Jets or London Capitals)
Fri 7 Nov 2008 7:30pm CH (H) Worthing Thunder
Fri 14 Nov 2008 7:30pm CH (H) Leicester Riders
Sun 16 Nov 2008 5:00pm CH (A) Scottish Rocks
Fri 21 Nov 2008 7.30pm CH (H) Scottish Rocks
Sat 22 Nov 2008 7:30pm CH (A) Plymouth Raiders
Sat 29 Nov 2008 7:30pm CH (H) Cheshire Jets
Fri 5 Dec 2008 7:30pm CH (A) Everton Tigers
Sat 13 Dec 2008 7:30pm CH (A) Leicester Riders
Fri 19 Dec 2008 7:30pm CH (H) Plymouth Raiders
Fri 2 Jan 2009 7:30pm TRO (A) Sheffield Sharks
Fri 9 Jan 2009 7:30pm TRO (H) Scottish Rocks
Sun 11 Jan 2009 5:30pm CH (A) Cheshire Jets
Fri 16 Jan 2009 7:30pm CH (A) Everton Tigers
Fri 23 Jan 2009 7:30pm TRO (H) Sheffield Sharks
Sun 25 Jan 2009 5:00pm TRO (A) Scottish Rocks
Sat 31 Jan 2009 7:30pm CH (A) London Capitals
Fri 6 Feb 2009 7:30pm CH (H) Milton Keynes Lions
Sun 8 Feb 2009 4:00pm CH (A) Worcester Wolves
Fri 13 Feb 2009 7:30pm CH (H) London Capitals
Fri 20 Feb 2009 7:30pm CH (H) Everton Tigers
Sun 22 Feb 2009 4:00pm CH (A) Sheffield Sharks
Fri 27 Feb 2009 7:30pm CH (H) Guildford Heat
Fri 6 Mar 2009 7:30pm CH (H) Worthing Thunder
Sat 7 Mar 2009 7:30pm CH (A) Leicester Riders
Wed 11 Mar 2009 7:30pm CH (A) Sheffield Sharks
Sun 22 Mar 2009 4:00pm CH (A) Milton Keynes Lions
Fri 27 Mar 2009 7:30pm CH (H) Cheshire Jets
Sun 5 Apr 2009 5:30pm CH (H) Worcester Wolves
Fri 10 Apr 2009 7:30pm CH (H) Scottish Rocks
Fri 17 Apr 2009 7:30pm CH (H) London Capitals
Sun 19 Apr 2009 3:00pm CH (A) Guildford Heat
Please note these dates are subject to change therefore check for updates on the website.
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